"Should have been better. You are paying for the brand."3.5 starson by ScorpioKing1990
Pros: Lightweight. Looks good. Sounds good for Hip Hop and some Alternative Rock and certain Techno tracks.
Cons: Sound is muddy, especially for the price. Might be uncomfortable for some. Too plasticky for my taste.
Summary: If you are a casual listener, are a fan of Dr. Dre, want pretty good sound but don't need the best, and have a good amount of money to spend....get these. You should be pretty content.
BUT, do not get these if you are a producer... Yeah, seriously.
Producers deal with a variety of music gear of different levels constantly. It gives a pretty good impression of what to expect at a certain price point. I've been a producer for close to 10 years and, sadly, I have to report that, overall, these are not worth the price.
Considering that Dre is a producer, any headphones branded with his name ought to be atleast O.K. for producers, even if not perfect. Considering that said headphones are labeled "Studio", they ought to be better than just O.K. And, finally, considering they are $350, they ought to be pretty damn good. The thing is, as far as production goes, they aren't. Not even close. This price point is approaching the low to mid range of the professional market, depending on how dedicated you are to the industry. And compared to the competition here, these are pretty subpar.
The problem mainly has to do with definition. I didn't find the soundstage to be adequate, especially in terms of the representation of the stereo field. Also, the 'phones seem to put out a fair amount of detail, yet it all gets washed away and/or de-emphasized by the bass, which is just too biased for this kind of work. If you're using these and sit with a project for a while, you get used to it and you can hear some decent high-end details. But that is not a good thing. It's called listening fatigue and it leads to poor translation, the difference in sound you'll hear after a break and a listen to it over different speakers.
Beyond that, I found the design to not be very functional, despite how aesthetically pleasing they may be. On the plus side, they are very lightweight. On the downside, the ear cups are pretty bulky. I'm also not happy about the way they swivel. It's difficult to describe and may sound like a stupid issue, but the moment I picked them up, I almost gave up on them right there. Basically, the cups themselves are almost the only things that move....which is fine on most headphones, but the plasticky, bulky design, and stiff headband contribute to a confined feeling. I suppose maybe they'd stay on your head better than other headphones, but anyone that needs that isn't using headphones this size anyway. The most egrious thing about the design in this aspect, though, is that the swivel mechanism is a ring, essentially, with the cup moving up and down inside of it, rather than it being used as a hinge, as in most designs. What ends up happening is the "ring" doesn't get out of your way. Whereas, with every other headphone I've ever used, because the cup hangs from a hinge, it does get out of your way because it's, well, swinging. You'll simply have to hold a pair to see what I mean. Maybe I'm crazy. I could write many paragraphs about this. The point is, I hate it.
In short, if you are a producer eyeing these, even for casual use, you probably won't be happy with them. You probably already have equal or better equipment, even if it costs much less. And since that is what you are used to, you'll get pretty upset about what your money got you.
The frequency response sounds like it was tuned by someone listening to a handful of their favorite tracks, having fun bumping their head. Not by someone trying to achieve any kind of accuracy or other beneficial purpose. I'm dissapointed at this. I like Monster, I like Dre. I do not, however, like these headphones.
To end on a happy note, I do have to give props to whoever designed the cord. It's thick, it looks and feels good, it doesn't tangle, it's even detachable. It does use a 1/8" plug, but it comes with a 1/4" adapter in the box. Cool.